James Evans

Utah GOP Chair James Evans says he will run for a third term as the head of the state party.

“I want a chance to finish what we started,” says Evans. “We’ve navigated the party through a very difficult time and have been very successful.”

Evans points to the electoral successes the party has enjoyed in the 2014 and 2016 cycle. The entire Congressional delegation is united under Republican control, and his party enjoys near historic numbers in the state legislature, controlling every single seat outside of Salt Lake County.

Evans spoke to UtahPolicy in between phone calls to various officials in the Trump administration in Washington, D.C. He says he’s most proud he was able to put Utah in the Trump column during the 2016 election, despite an insurgent challenge from independent candidate Evan McMullin and Trump’s unpopularity among the state’s Mormon population.

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